On Oct. 15, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette sent an email to students that said Homecoming Week would be rescheduled for Nov. 1 through 7.
“We are working to reschedule Homecoming Week events and will share an updated calendar soon,” read the email.
According to the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership, Heidie Lindsey, Homecoming was pushed back due to a change in the football schedule at the fault of another team coming in contact with COVID-19.
“We knew that we could not have Homecoming ready a week early and so we asked to move it to encompass the November 7th home game against Arkansas State,” said Lindsey in a statement to The Vermilion.
Homecoming court has already been selected and announced, and the showing of the court will still happen at half time. However, due to Sunbelt Conference COVID rules, it will not take place on the field and will instead be shown under the scoreboard.
Kaleb Derouen, UL Lafayette’s 2020 Homecoming King and president of Pi Kappa Alpha, said he was not expecting this opportunity, but the feeling to be able to represent the university in this tradition was unmatched.
UL Lafayette’s 2020 Homecoming Queen Tayla Weary said she was thrilled to see the judges saw what she had to offer to homecoming court.
“I am so blessed and amazed that the judges were really able to showcase my personality and see me for the person I am,” said Tayla Weary, UL Lafayette’s 2020 Homecoming Queen.
Addison Ceasar, a nominee from SOUL Camp, said being on UL Lafayette’s homecoming court is a huge honor and accomplishment.
Lindsey also clarified the Homecoming Week event structure with COVID-19 rules in place in order to ensure social distancing. For the scavenger hunt, “instead of doing this event in groups, individuals will be challenged to find a hidden item on campus and return it to the UPC office for a prize. Clues will be posted each day on the UPC Instagram (@upcatul),” said Lindsey.
For “Yell Like Hell,” events will take place as usual, but students will have to follow UL Lafayette's typical social distancing and mask-wearing guidelines. The Greek Step show will not be taking place this year, as well as the parade due to a city permit denial.
“We hope to have the cheerleaders and/or Ragin’ Jazz perform and hope to have the coach and/or players speak. We will also present the Court as we usually do at this event,” Lindsey said.
A new event called pomping displays will be run this year.
“Orgs will make pomp displays with a design that promotes UL Homecoming and school spirit. Displays can’t be larger than 5ft x 5ft and must be able to stand up. These will be displayed during Homecoming Week in front of the library,” said Lindsey.
Lindsey is encouraging organizations and students who have not yet participated to do so due to the date change.